Information Security Scholarships Available

November 21 ,2012
By Maryann Lawlor
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The (ISC)2 Foundation’s information security 2013 scholarship program application process will open on January 1, 2013, and it offers a total of $120,000 in awards to women, graduate students, young professionals and faculty. The foundation will award up to two scholarships totaling $40,000 to women pursuing an education in information security. In addition, it will give seed funding for up to eight grants of $3,000 each to assist graduate students conducting special research. One of the foundation’s other undergraduate scholarship winners will receive the Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship specifically aims to support young information security professionals in their educational pursuits. The foundation also will award faculty certification exam vouchers for one Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) or Certified Security Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) exam and, upon certification, it will award the first year of (ISC)2 membership dues. The foundation evaluates applicants based on academic excellence, passion for the industry and financial need. The deadline to submit applications is March 31, 2013, and additional information is available online.


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I hope to obtain one of these scholarships, because the education I am receiving here is of little use without the experience and job skills needed to sit for security certifications. If there is a way for community college students to get fast-tracked to employment and experience levels required to obtain employment in this field, we need access to it. I am frustrated beyond measure at the idea of spending two years in a program which will not prepare me for CISSP certification! They offer certifications and associate degrees here, but I believe the strategy is to keep the uniformed burning daylight in the 2yr program, while savvy people get certified and GONE in 12 weeks. I need help. Thank you.

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